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Simon vs. Ellen - They Don't Idolize Each Other

2/25/2010 4:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres flat out don't get along, and the tension is building ... this according to multiple "American Idol" sources.



Our insiders say Simon and Ellen aren't even trying to hide it. Ellen can't stand what she believes is Simon's cruelty toward contestants. And, we're told, Simon actually enjoys pissing Ellen off with his blistering critiques.

People working on the show last night tell TMZ ... it was apparent on and off camera ... Simon's tolerance level for the contestants was at an all-time low, and he knew it was making Ellen uncomfortable but clearly didn't care. As one insider put it, "He was intentionally pushing her buttons."


It all started badly ... as Deadline Hollywood first reported .. when Simon showed up late for Ellen's first week of "A.I." taping and made her wait around. Producers separated the two -- who began the season sitting side-by-side -- but the tension has gotten worse.

But business is business. "A.I." is beating the Olympics, and ratings for Ellen's show skyrocketed last week. In Hollywood, contempt has its upside.

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136.

Giovanni    

The show sucks without Paula, the panel is boring...No offense to Ellen but she really doesn't add much to the show. The contrast of Simon's shrewd sharp comments and Paula's goofy lovable kindness made for great banter. Idol management really screwed up by getting rid of Paula Abdul.

1595 days ago
137.

perry    

i never watch pile of s***. but the picture i see. he difinitely do not like her. this show will bomb when he leave. ellen can't tell the singer the truth that will cause more harm then good. GO HOWARD. ba ba booey

1595 days ago
138.

loverducky    

I can't believe the Ellen bashing! She did not "steal" anything from anyone, Paula left and she was offered the jobs. And just because the other three have musci backgrounds doesn't mean they ever say anything constructive, it doesn't take a rocket scientist...or music exective to come up with their remarks...anyways, I'm team no one. Ellen is a kind person, I highly doubt there is much in the way of conflict

1595 days ago
139.

Sandy    

I saw some tension between Ellen and Simon, but even more obvious was Kara and Simon being touchy/feeling. Simon doesn't seem to be able to sit up straight in his chair and continuously leans on Kara. And Kara's drooling over Casey James both during auditions and on the show this week was all up "sexual harassment". If Simon, Randy or Ryan had acted the same way toward one of the girl singers there would have been a "sexual harassment suit" for sure. Kara's action also took away from Casey's performance and was very disrespectful to him as a contestant on AOL.

1595 days ago
140.

mamita    

NY Times headline: Portia diRossi knocks Douchebag's Lights Out.

1595 days ago
141.

Holly    

I love Ellen BUT It is very obvious that she doesn't know the 1st thing about the technical part of singing! She should not be judging a Singing Competition- i hope whoever replaces Simon has some real music experience- the show will be f**ked if they don't

1595 days ago
142.

carla    

I miss the drunken Paula. The show is boring this year. The idols can't sing, Ellen with her dull jokes. Its a hot mess!

1595 days ago
143.

Jessie    

This is just another way of Simon trying to get into the media headlines. He is such a media whore! I hope TMZ and Simon are not in bed together! Harvey?

1595 days ago
144.

mellow    

Give Ellen a year and she will be raking some of the freaks over too.

1595 days ago
145.

Sharon    

Ellen a breath of fresh air for this show shes makes the comments that we the people would make - go Ellen

1595 days ago
146.

Pat Duffy    

I think it is outrageous how Simon favors Crystal and bashes Shivohn. It is so incredible unfair and biased. I like Crystal, but his unfairness makes me vote for Shivohn (sp?) who is obviously the premier contestant. I can't wait to see what she will wear and especially what she will sing. I'm with Randy!!

1545 days ago
147.

amy     

i think the Simon loves breaking people hearts and her really enjoes american idol beacuse he cant wait to go to say something mean to the talented people ,,,,, i think ellen is a cool Lady and she says the trth from her heart to the singers unlike simon he spells words out WITHout even thinking or hearing the whole song wonder what he thinks while they PREFORM

1521 days ago
148.

Bonju Patten    

I am tired of Simon. he has no musical talent and he is straight. Yuk!

1440 days ago
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